• Rescued 245-pound sea turtle has new Orlando home


    ORLANDO, Fla. - A rescued sea turtle has a new home in Orlando Friday.

    Big Mama, a 245-pound female loggerhead sea turtle, was transported to SeaWorld Orlando from Gulfport, Miss.

    Big Mama had been receiving care at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies since she was rescued after the 2010 BP oil spill off the Louisiana coast, according to a release.

    The release stated she was no longer able to receive care at IMMS because the facility did not have space anymore.

    At the time of her rescue, she had severe bite wounds to her front and hind flippers which made it difficult to swim properly.

    Big Mama will be placed under quarantine and monitored by animal experts and veterinarians.

    The release stated her story will help educate guests about wildlife conservation.

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